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Friday, March 30, 2012

Be the Change... Program

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MEMO Leadership Development Conference:
Be the Change You Want to See…
Friday, July 6, 2012
St. Catherine University: Coeur de Catherine Rauenhorst Ballroom

Be the change: A twist on the “un-conference” idea
This is your opportunity to participate in dialog about what is needed in the media profession. MEMO will take the ideas generated by this event and will consider them for prioritization and action steps in the coming year. Unlike most conferences, participants are expected to participate in the dialogue and help create the reality that they want to see in the profession. Conference activities are designed around the mission of MEMO, focusing on the core services that MEMO may provide for its constituency. These areas are: advocacy; professional development; curriculum and lessons; collaboration within the work environment; networking with other media professionals, and technology integration. Now you can truly be the change you want to see in the media profession and in your own work environment.

Keynote Address: Be the Change You Want to See…

 Shannon McClintock Miller
Shannon McClintock Miller is the district teacher librarian and technology specialist at Van Meter Community School in Van Meter, Iowa. She encourages her students to have a voice while learning, creating, collaborating, and connecting to others within their school and around the world. Shannon is the author of the award winning Van Meter Library Voice blog and enjoys writing for ISTE's Leading & Learning journal, various blogs, and in other forums. She has had the opportunity to speak in Iowa and around the country about advocacy, technology, social media, and making a difference in education and the lives of others. Shannon serves on the School Library Monthly advisory board and is a teacher advocate for StudyBlue. In March 2011, Shannon was awarded the Connecting People Shorty Award for Twitter. Shannon can be found at @shannonmmiller on Twitter and online at

Rotation Stations
Upon check-in, you will find that you have been assigned to a “pod” designated by a letter, such as “Pod A.” You will travel through the morning with this pod, visiting six thematic stations for 13-15 minutes each, generating ideas and developing the content for a presentation that will be designed during the 6th and final rotation. This final rotation will last for 30 minutes. A station facilitator will remain with their station throughout the rotations, and will provide continuity for each pod as they progress. The presentation will be about 5 minutes long and will be presented over lunch. It will provide a summary of the findings for that station and a prioritization of content, based on the input of all pods. On Saturday, July 7, the MEMO Board will view videos of these presentations, and will base their annual action plan and priorities on the content of these presentations. See the diagram, below, to determine the starting location of your pod. The times in the schedule indicate when pods rotate.

Station Facilitators
Each station has a facilitator who will be directing the activities for each round at their given station. These facilitators have expertise in the area of focus and have a set of guidelines to follow so that each rotation builds on the previous rotation, loosely following Bloom's taxonomy. Because rotations are generally only 13-15 minutes each, we ask that participants be prepared to focus and begin upon arriving at each station. 

The facilitators and themes
o   Advocacy – Mary Kunesh-Podein
o  Technology Integration –  Jim Glazer
o  Professional development - Doug Johnson
o   Collaboration, communication within the working environment – Shannon McClintock Miller 
o  Networking, community, PLNs – Laurie Conzemius
o  Standards / curriculum / lessons / scope & sequence / assessment– Gina Light

Break-out sessions

Presentations are made only from within the strands represented by each of the stations plus a “resources” strand that was included in the original model. Break-out sessions are 50 minutes in length, and are alternated with times to visit our small vendor fair. Breakout sessions are scheduled for 1:15-2:05pm (A) and 3:05-3:55pm (B). See the schedule for details.

Sessions and Presenters

Session A, 1:15-2:05 p.m.
  • Fostering Collaboration and Partnerships with Classroom Teachers              
    • Jen Legatt, Rauenhorst Ballroom Side Room, 303A
Come get some practical ideas for how to make your media center a hub for your building’s learning. How do you connect with teachers and foster relationships? Become a partner with your teachers to help guide students on their learning adventures.
  • Collaborate or Duplicate - How Can the Minnesota Learning Commons Help You?            
    • Gary Langer, Rauenhorst Ballroom, 3rd floor
The growth of online learning and digital resources is occurring at a time of reduced budgets and greater need for professional development.  The Minnesota Learning Commons, a partnership of the Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and the University of Minnesota can help you find content and tools for your courses along with professional development opportunities and services for students and parents.  Collaboration can result in enriched content while saving money by not duplicating existing assets.  Most of the learning resources are available at no charge.  In addition, there is an online support center open for faculty and students to help point you in the right direction.   Learn about a statewide learning repository, how to collaborate with colleagues to share teaching materials, how to access to rich database of content including STEM modules and courses, standards for quality and accessible online and hybrid courses and other tools to engage students in 21st Century learning and search for programs and courses offered by public K12 and higher education in the state.  Presentation will include demonstration and dialogue with attendees.
  • Minnesota Reflections and Minnesota Loop Resources        
    • Mary Alice Anderson, Room 17
Minnesota Loop and Minnesota Reflections Teacher Guides and are free resources aligned with Minnesota academic standards for grades K-12. Numerous resources in both databases are also aligned with state and national information and technology literacy standards.
Minnesota Loop, sponsored by TIES, is a searchable database of over 9000 web sites, lesson plans, online tools, and professional resources identified by teachers.  Educators can search by keyword, grade level and content area.
Minnesota Reflections Teacher Guides are designed to help teachers locate and use resources available in the Minnesota Digital Library’s collection of more than 85,000 primary source images, maps and documents.
The presenter worked with a group of educators that aligned Minnesota Loop resources with information and technology literacy standards and is a member of the Minnesota Reflections Teacher Guide Advisory Group.

  • NOOK in the Classroom and Media Center              
    • Lin Salisbury, Room 18
Learn how schools and media centers are using NOOK eReaders in their classrooms and media centers to increase reading time, evaluate comprehension, and share information across the curriculum. We'll compare features across the NOOK product line, as well as discuss management options available.  Join in the conversation during the last fifteen minutes of our presentation to share with us your "wish list" of features and applications that you would like to see in future NOOK products.  We'll share your ideas with our developers and you'll have an opportunity to shape future products and programs. 
  • Googlize your Library            
    • Andi Bodeau, Room 19
This presentation will provide examples of how Google Tools can be used as both an instructional and productivity tool in the media center.
  • Growing Online Professional Development              
    • Renee Jesness, Ed.D., Room 20
Minneapolis Public Schools trained 15 teacher leaders to facilitate online professional development opportunities within the district.  This session describes the growth of online professional development, self-paced and on-demand professional development.
Session B, 3:05-3:55 p.m.
  • A Professional Fitness Plan: Web 2.0 Tools to Develop a Personal Learning Network       
    • Doug Johnson, Rauenhorst Ballroom, 3rd floor
Continuing education prior to Web 2.0 consisted of reading professional journals, attending library conferences, and taking college classes. These activities are still available and important. But given the pace and amount of change, they alone are insufficient to keep most of us current with the happenings in librarianship and information technology. This workshop explores online continuing education options, both formal and informal, and strategies for developing one’s own Personal Learning Network.
  • Moodling with Collaboration           
    • Dave Sherwin, Room 17
The benefits of Moodle for building-level collaboration, Professional Learning Communities, and as online course components to face-to-face classes are so compelling everyone is Moodling and it has only been a little over a year. Learn why principals are using Moodle, how grade-levels are collaborating and sharing across the district, and the role of the Moodle Integration Mentors in creating master Moodle courses based on aligned curriculum and supporting other teachers in using Moodle with their students.
  • Looking Out on the Horizon: Emerging and Hot Technology Trends in Education              
    • Jen Legatt, Rauenhorst Ballroom Side Room, 303A
Education is being transformed at an exponential rate by the emergence of new technologies. This session will highlight some of the major instructional changes happening in the classroom because of tech tools. Many of the featured trends come from The New Media Consortium's K-12 Horizon Report.
  • Advocacy: Where do I start?                
    • Sally Mays, Room 18
Start using data tools you already have to create a data filled report to give your principal all the information and data to LOVE your library media program and keep you forever.
  • Web 2.0 and Social Constructivism    
    • Carl Anderson, Room 19
Web 2.0 and social media create new ways of engaging in social learning. Come see examples of how using these tools can turn what would otherwise be solitary activities into social learning and discuss how these tools might be applied to both professional development and classroom practice.
  •  007 Agents of Change 
    • Bonnie Olmanson, Room 20
This session explores the challenges that were encountered, strategies and activities that were utilized and successes achieved in a 2-year period for increasing student engagement and achievement through technology integration.   Our school district moved from only using computer labs with installed apps to using Google Apps for Education, Moodle for staff collaboration and classroom use, SMART Board Interactive Whiteboards, SMART Response clickers, document cameras, 1:1 iPad program for 7th & 8th grade, Web 2.0, lesson recording, iPod Touch lab, and use of Viewpoint Data Warehouse for data driven decision making.
It is crucial to develop individuals and/or teams of teachers to push technology use forward and acquire advocates for the instructional shift that is needed in today’s classroom.  Who are the 007 change agents in your district?  Identifying and utilizing active classroom teachers as peer coaches, mentors, and trainers builds sustainability in classroom technology integration.  Increasing the number of “experts” in your district also provides more flexibility for varied and differentiated professional development.  We will discuss various methods used for professional development to reach all comfort levels of the target audience.
Participants will be encouraged to share their strategies and activities that have encouraged technology adoption and usage.

Vendor Fair
Visit our sponsoring vendors in the lobby outside of the Rauenhorst Ballroom. Designated vendor fair times are: 12:30 – 1:15 and 2:05-3:05. Vendors include: Mackin Education Resources, Ulness Book Services, Minitex, Barnes & Noble, FirstTech, and Learning Opportunities. Special thanks to Mackin for sponsoring our Author Reader’s Theater event.

Resource-sharing Wiki

MEMO wants to provide Minnesota media professionals with the resources needed to run a robust media program. Towards that end, we have created a resources page on the MEMO ning at In order to assure that we are providing the most relevant resources, we invite you to make suggestions on the MEMO Resources Wiki page at


Registration and light breakfast fare – Rauenhorst Ballroom, 3rd floor of Coeur de Catherine building
8:10-8:30am    Welcome by Sally Mays and Dhaivyd Hilgendorf - Rauenhorst Ballroom
8:30- 9:30am   Keynote Address in Rauenhorst Ballroom: “Be the Change You Want to See…” -Shannon McClintock Miller
9:30-9:40         Overview of rotation stations –Dhaivyd Hilgendorf
9:45-10:00       1st rotation (see diagram for starting rotation location)
10:02-10:17     2nd rotation
10:17-10:28     Break with light refreshments. Generate Wordles
10:30-10:43     3rd rotation: summarize
10:45-10:58     4th rotation: create graphic depictions
11:00-11:13     5th rotation
11:15-11:45     6th rotation: Presentation ideas
11:45-12:45     Lunch break – catered by St. Kates food service, Rauenhorst Ballroom
12:00-12:30     At lunch: Groups and/or facilitators present results of morning sessions.
12:30 – 1:15    Vendor fair 1 - 3rd floor atrium
1:15-2:05        Breakout session A        

2:05 – 3:05     Vendor Fair 2 - 3rd floor atrium
3:05 – 3:55     Breakout session B
4:00 – 6:00     Closing Celebration: Author Reader’s Theater performances with 
hors d’oeuvres

Author Reader’s Theater
Seven Minnesota children’s book authors will perform theatrical readings based on recent books they have written. Presented by Children's Literature Network, this event features authors Lisa Bullard, Heather Bouwman, Geoff Herbach, David LaRochelle, Margi Preus, Stephanie Watson, and Maryann Weidt reading dramatic an funny scripts created from their books. Light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Authors will sign books that will be available for purchase at the beginning and end of the event. Tickets are available at the door: $5 for adults, free for children 16 and under. If you haven't attended one of these readers theater performances yet, you're in for a treat! 

Always available: coffee, tea, water, other beverages, fruit, finger snacks.
Lunch menu:
Roma Italian Buffet: Mixed Green Salad with Italian Dressing and your choice of a second Dressing. Your choice of 2 Pastas with Marinara Sauce, served with Parmesan Cheese and Bread Sticks with Butter. Meatballs or chicken available. 

The MEMO Mission Statement
The Minnesota Education Media Organization provides leadership and service by promoting professional growth, facilitating collaboration among its members, establishing standards, and advocating for 21st century learners.

The MEMO Vision
For all Minnesota students and educators to be effective users of information and technology.

Preamble to the MEMO Bylaws
The Minnesota Educational Media Organization is a professional organization established to support educators who play a vital role in fostering information and technology literacy, reading, and applying technology to improve school management. These educators include library media specialists, teachers who focus on technology integration, administrators, technology support specialists, building and district technology coordinators, curriculum specialists, and the paraprofessional staff who support library media and technology programs. MEMO provides leadership, promotes professional growth, and facilitates communication between its members, with other professional groups, and the community.

Conference Location
St. Catherine University
Coeur de Catherine building, Rauenhorst Ballroom, 3rd Floor
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
Phone: (651) 690-6000
For further information, contact MEMO President-elect Dhaivyd Hilgendorf at

Registration information:
Registration fees include lunch:
$50.00, non-members
$40.00, MEMO members
$35.00 each, for groups of 6 or more and for students
$5.00 to attend Author Reader’s Theater event, 4:00-6:00pm
$20.00 Reader’s Theater for non-registrants


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1010 Bandana Blvd West
St Paul, MN  55108
Telephone (651) 647-1637 ext 294
Fax (651) 647-0244

Further information
For further information, contact MEMO President-elect Dhaivyd Hilgendorf at

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